Launch of Darkness into Light in May

By Dan Walsh

The county launch for Pieta’s Darkness Into Light (DIL) walk was held last Sunday in Whites Hotel, Wexford, and was officially opened by Beat FM radio presenter Shonagh Lyons.

Cllr Leonard Kelly addressed the attendance, talking about the importance of mental health and charities such as Pieta House on assisting those in need. He particularly focused on young people’s mental health and he emphasised that “they are our future.”

Suzy Freeman from Pieta told the gathering; “In 2022, over 115,000 people took part in Darkness Into Light. This support starts in small towns and villages such as in Wexford.”

RUAIRI RYAN is helping to organise Darkness Into Light for Enniscorthy.

She also gave details of Pieta’s services. “Providing suicide crisis Helpline and Text line staffed by qualified therapists 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year,” she stated.

Sean Kinsella, from the Wexford DIL committee described his own personal journey with Pieta. praising Pieta for help he received from them in the past.

Ruairí Ryan, from the Enniscorthy DIL committee then spoke about his personal experience on his work with mental health and how he got involved in helping organise Darkness Into Light for Enniscorthy.

“After doing the walk last year in New Ross, I wondered, why we didn’t have a walk in Enniscorthy. So, I got in touch with Pieta and luckily so did Kerry, helping form a committee. I’m excited to play my part in bringing back the walk to Enniscorthy this year, after the Covid pandemic,” added Ruairi.

The annual Darkness Into Light walk takes place on Saturday. May 6th starting at Bellfield GAA club. “We realise that suicide has impacted every part of the community in Enniscorthy. Join us to show solidarity and support for Pieta’s vital services,” Ruairi Ryan told today.

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